Bullying and harassment in the workplace is considered to be a vital part of a company’s health and safety program. These issues pose a potentially very serious risk to the mental and physical health, well-being, and safety of workers in agriculture.
To help employers and workers address this issue AgSafeBC has produced an informational video titled, “What is Bullying and Harassment”.
The short video, available in English and Spanish languages, explains what behaviours indicate bullying or harassment is occurring and how to address the situation. It also explains what actions are reasonable workplace communication and management protocols and not considered bullying or harassment.
The video is part of the organization’s suite of workplace safety tools and resources to help employers build a customized bullying and harassment program. It is not intended to replace Respect in the Workplace training.
“Bullying and harassment is considered to be a vital part of a company’s workplace health and safety program,” says Wendy Bennett, AgSafeBC executive director. “When it happens there is a very serious risk to the well-being and safety of workers, not only in agriculture but in all workplaces.”
AgSafeBC encourages employers, supervisors, safety committees and workers to be respectful in the workplace at all times and to address bullying and harassment as soon as a situation arises. Everyone is entitled to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. A positive workplace environment fosters teamwork and commitment.
AgSafe is the non-profit health and safety association for agricultural producers in British Columbia providing site-specific consultation and on-site safety education, as well as online workplace safety resources and materials. AgSafe is also the COR Certifying Partner for B.C.’s agricultural-associated industries and offers a Certificate of Recognition (COR) program for large and small employers.
For more information about AgSafe services or agriculture-related workplace safety call 1-877-533-1789 or visit www.AgSafeBC.ca.